Silver Pen Winners 2024

Brightwater Announces Essay Winners

Brightwater is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Silver Pen Competition. On April 10th, 2024, Brightwater hosted the three winners and their friends and families for an awards dinner. There, they were presented with $3,750 cash prizes. The essay topic for 2024 was as follows:

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. How has this improved your life?

Brightwater Members who made up the judging panel selected the essay topic. The Silver Pen Writing Competition is an essay competition that Brightwater’s parent company, The Maxwell Group, started in 2012 to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and community Members. Each participant submitted a written essay with a minimum of 1,000 words. Over the last ten years, they have awarded over $442,250 to high school seniors to help them with tuition costs.

1st Place

first place

Saige Smith

2nd Place

second place

Benjamin Mothershead

3rd Place

third place

Katherine Young

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